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Note: History of the unit in SEA only is given.
558th Tactical Fighter Squadron, constituted, and activated, on 17 Apr 1962. Organized on 25 Apr 1962. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1970.
Tactical Air Command, 17 Apr 1962; 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Apr 196231 Mar 1970 (attached to 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 9 Mar9 Jun 1965; 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, 3 Feb22 Jul 1968).
MacDill AFB, FL, 25 Apr 1962Nov 1965 (deployed at Naha AB, Okinawa, 9 Mar9 Jun 1965); Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, c. 14 Nov 196531 Mar 1970 (deployed at Kunsan AB, South Korea, 3 Feb22 Jul 1968).
Combat in Southeast Asia, 19 Nov 196531 Jan 1968 and 22 Jul 196810 Mar 1970.
HonorsVietnam: Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter Spring, 1970.
Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 13 Nov 196530 May 1966; 1 Jun 196631 May 1967; 1 Jun 196731 May 1968; 1 Jun 196831 May 1969; 1 Jun 196931 Mar 1970. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 15 Oct 196531 Mar 1970.
Tail Code: XD & XT
Mig Kills: 0
F-4C 64-0739 of the 558th TFS First in the Refueling Line
The Refueling Process
They taxied into the fuel pits after coming back from a mission
and if you could keep the pilot in the cockpit long enough the first thing the
crew chief did was fold the wings while the aircraft was still running, then you
helped the Pilot and WSO out of the cockpits and installed the safety locks
Triple 6 up on jacks after a wheels-up landing
The majority of the Information on this page is from the USAF Historical Research Agency: http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/afhra/
558th Patch courtesy of Ronald Van Der Krogt
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